We as humans have never had it so good. We can order a package and have it arrive the next day. And yes, this includes things like liquor! Actually, these days, the consensus seems to be that if you don’t hop on the shipping wagon as a liquor store, you may fall behind.
Whether people are wanting to ship liquor to their friends, family, or to themselves, there is no better entity to swoop in and be that lifesaving liquor provider than a neighborhood liquor store!
With the up and coming, simple-to-use Cheers POS shipping feature, you’ll know exactly how to ship alcohol––even in your sleep.
In this blog, we’ll discuss why it’s a good idea to offer shipping at your store, how the feature works, and how it integrates with some of the other time-saving features of our liquor store POS system.
How to ship alcohol: Our all-inclusive shipping department
As liquor store people who created an all-in-one POS system for liquor store owners, we sought yet another opportunity to help you better serve your customers. We just couldn’t pass it up. Being in the age of delivery where there isn’t much that can’t be delivered, we thought––why not take a step forward and offer something your competitors aren’t?: Shipping services!
With our all-in-one point-of-sale system––which really can’t get any more all-in-one at this point––we’re building an integrated shipping feature. This will allow you to manage your store all in one place and have a competitive advantage by offering shipping at your store. Before we get into how it works, we want to answer some questions we think you might have about the whole thing.
Why should my liquor store offer shipping?
In case you missed our little speech about how the world has become shipping and receiving grounds, let’s chat about it again. To put it plainly, customers need liquor shipped! Whether it’s to themselves for a rainy day or to a friend or family member as a gift, meeting those needs will put you at the top of mind for that customer.
Offering liquor shipping at your store is a unique selling point––it’s not something that most liquor stores are doing. It sets you apart and makes you the go-to option for your neighborhood shipping needs. Especially being located in rural Kansas or Missouri, your customers are going to be grateful they have this option.
But wait…is this even legal?
Yes! Shipping alcohol is legal when you follow all your local regulations. When you look up “how to ship alcohol,” you might find a lot of seemingly conflicting information; that’s because it differs by state. If you’re in Kansas and Missouri, it is legal to ship alcohol to a customer in-state; out-of-state liquor shipping, however, is not allowed.
Let’s say it’s Christmas time and you have a customer that really wants to order their aunt and uncle some spirits. As long as all parties live in Kansas, we can work together to make it happen! Let’s dive into how to ship alcohol and how this feature will work.
How it works
If you know Cheers POS, you already know that there are a variety of services integrated in the system: inventory management, wholesale management, and credit card processing––just to name a few. Our liquor store shipping feature will operate similarly––it’ll be running in the background but also right in front of you when you need it. You have no obligation to use it, but it’s there when a customer has shipping needs.
Meets your customers needs
With the Cheers POS shipping feature, your customers have the option to ship alcohol to themselves and to other people. Customers can place an order online, over the phone, or in person, allowing for convenient ordering at all times.
Accepts multiple forms of payment
Just as our integrated credit card processing system accepts all forms of payment, so too will our shipping feature! Alternative forms of payment are on the rise; you can count on Cheers POS to always stay up-to-date on the trends.
Your customers will have the opportunity to use all forms of payment safely; our system has encryption to protect from fraud. You’ll be able to accept card swipes, cash, checks, gift cards, EMV chips, contactless NFC, Apple/Samsung Pay.
Offers competitive shipping rates
When customers are googling “how to ship alcohol,” we want them to not only find your liquor store, but to also be happy with the shipping rates and flexibility they have! With our system, your customers will be able to receive competitive, fast shipping rates based on the specific carriers we are working with.
Eliminates the third-party shipping
Third-party shipping companies offer discounted shipping rates and tracking and notification, but this is oftentimes a lot of work for you as the liquor store owner (and you really don’t need any more of that). When you utilize a third-party shipping company, you have to create an account, export all your orders and customers, and otherwise sync the data to get the correct information and your labels printed. That sounds like a lot, right?
The team at Cheers POS simply wants to save you time and money. With our all-in-one system, you will be able to cut out the middleman and offer your customers competitive rates and pricing, tracking information, and label printing all in one place. When you make things simple for yourself, it trickles down to make things simple for your customers!
Offers bundling, packaging, and label printing
Another perk of our system is that it allows you to offer product bundling, multiple packaging options, and label printing for your customers. In the Cheers POS system, you can bundle products together and offer the different-sized boxes for optimal packaging. Based on the rates they choose for whichever carrier, you’ll be able to print the label and get it sent to the correct carrier.
Integrates with other POS features
We couldn’t offer you the answers to “how to ship alcohol” without offering an all-in-one POS system with features that work seamlessly together! Our inventory management, credit card processing, and invoicing and reporting systems all work in tandem with the shipping feature to make running a liquor business the easiest it has ever been.
When someone pays to ship a product either in person, online, or over the phone, the electronic inventory management system will account for it. You won’t have to worry about shipping purchases not being included in your inventory count; the system will update automatically when a customer makes a purchase.
Credit card processing system
Like we covered before, we will be able to accept all forms of payment. In addition to that, though, this integrated credit card processing system allows you to choose your credit card processor and make changes to your credit card processing system remotely, like if you wanted to toggle with the processing fee percentage rates for example.
When your store is busier and there will be a lot of people looking for how to ship alcohol (maybe around the holidays), you may like to keep your credit card processing rates lower. On slower days, you might up the processing fee rate to offset some of the slowness and lack of profit. You even have the option to pass credit card fees to customers at any time. The power lies in your hands!
Invoicing and reporting
Not only is inventory management important for keeping track, invoicing and reporting is too! This system automatically runs data such as different categories of sales reports, employee logs reports, and detailed register logs. Whatever is purchased (shipping-related or not) it will be tracked here.
Don’t let the shipping ship sail
When someone comes knocking on your door wondering “can I ship liquor?”, you will say yes, and you will know exactly how to ship alcohol: an all-in-one liquor shipping experience. When you provide such a simple and cost-effective service to your customers, they will keep coming back––for Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, graduations––you name it.
At Cheers POS, we want you to have a smoother time running your liquor store, because let’s face it––it could always run smoother. But, we don’t want you to have to commit to anything yet without first trying it out!
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